Notice on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

The Notice has been prepared by the European Commission and countersigned by EUIPO. It addresses holders of and applicants for European Union Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the UK to withdraw from the European Union, submitted on 29 March 2017.

In the event that no agreement is reached by the negotiating parties:

  • registered EUTMs and RCDs as well as URCDs made available to the public before the withdrawal date will no longer have effect in the UK as from the withdrawal date,
  • any pending application for EUTM or RCD will no longer cover the UK as of the withdrawal date,
  • EUTMs and RCDs granted on or after the withdrawal date will no longer cover the UK, and
  • all existing seniority claims in EUTMs based on UK TMs will no longer have effect in the EU as of the withdrawal date.

Find further information and consult the Notice on EUIPO's website, here.

The European IPR Helpdesk is looking for case studies: tell us about your IP success story

Would you like your IP success story to be known by thousands of people around Europe?

What about becoming a source of inspiration to SMEs, institutions and researchers?

Tempted?

Then, tell your story as one of the European IPR Helpdesk's case studies and we will spread your success all around Europe!

Case studies are part of the range of publications developed by the European IPR Helpdesk in order to increase awareness of IP. Case studies contain concrete examples on how SMEs, institutions or academics use IP to achieve business success.

The European IPR Helpdesk disseminates case studies free of charge to an audience of more than 13,000 people through its website and through its newsletters, with around 8,000 subscribers.

Check our library if you would like to find out more about our case studies and contact the European IPR Helpdesk's IP advisors, Alejandra Aluja (alejandra.aluja@iprhelpdesk.eu) and Paula Barnola (paula.barnola@iprhelpdesk.eu), if you would like your case study published by the European IPR Helpdesk.

We are looking forward to hearing about your success story!

DesignEuropa Awards 2018: applications open!

The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders, whether they are individual right holders, small businesses or large enterprises.

Applications for the DesignEuropa Awards 2018 are now open until May 15, 2018. The competition takes place every two years and is open to any person, entity or institution of any nationality, either individually or as a team, provided that they own a valid RCD that is also marketed and sold (in any country).

Find out more and apply here

DesignClass integrated in EUIPO’s design e-filing

DesignClass is the online search tool for harmonised product indications and has been designed to help users find product indications in the Harmonised Database that best match the goods to which a design applies.

With its integration in EUIPO’s e-filing, users will be able to reap the benefits of the Harmonised Database of Product Indications (HDBPI). Learn more about these benefits on EUIPO's website here.

DesignClass has also been integrated in other search systems with a design component, such as DesignView and eSearch Case Law.

San Marino joins TMview and Designview

As of 16 October 2017, The Patents and Trademarks Office of the Republic of San Marino (USBM) has made its trade mark and design data available to the TMview and Designview search tools.

With the addition of the USBM data base, TMview now contains data from 60 participating offices and Designview from 58 offices.

Designview contains more than 12.4 million designs, including almost 400 from USBM. Since the introduction of TMview on 13 April 2010, the tool has served more than 34.7 million searches from 157 different countries, while Designview has served more than 2.9 million searches from 158 different countries, with users from Germany, the UK and Spain among the most frequent users since its launch in 2012.

Find out more here

Germany joins DesignView

As of 7 August 2017, design data from the German Patent and Trade Mark Office has been made available to the DesignView search tool.

The addition of more than one and a half million German industrial designs brings the total number of designs in the database to over 12 million.

Since the introduction of DesignView in November 2012, it has grown to become the world’s largest free, online, searchable design database, containing design data from 55 intellectual property offices across the world.

Find out more here

Bosnia and Herzegovina joins Designview

As of 12 June 2017, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIP-BIH) has made its industrial design data available to the Designview search tool.

This latest extension brings the total number of offices participating in Designview to 55 and is now available in 35 languages. With the addition of more than 700 designs from IIP-BIH, Designview now provides information and access to more than 10,4 million designs in total.

Since the introduction of Designview on 19 November 2012, the tool has served more than 2,6 million searches from 146 different countries, with Germany, Spain and the UK among the most frequent users.

Find out more here

WIPO releases 2016 global statistics on IP filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published the statistics on international patent, trade mark and design applications in 2016. The numbers show that last year was a record year for international patent applications and reveals a strong demand for trade marks and designs.

In patents, 233,000 applications were filed in 2016 through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system. Germany is the only European country in the top-five patent applicants by taking the fourth place behind the USA, Japan and China. The second-best European country, France, holds the seventh position in the ranking.

In trade marks, 52,550 applications were filed under the Madrid System, meaning a 7.2% increase in comparison to 2015. The top applicants in this area are the USA, Germany, France, China and Switzerland. The European Union was the second most designated member after China.

In designs filed through the Hague System, the total number of applications were 18,716, this time dominated by the European countries Germany and Switzerland, then the Republic of Korea, the USA and the Netherlands. The European Union was the most designated member in the Hague System applications last year.

 

For more information regarding the WIPO statistics, please read the WIPO dedicated pages here together with the infographics.

Please check our fact sheet "Intellectual property relevance in internationalisation" for more information.

 

Improved image recognition in eSearch plus

eSearch plus is the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s most popular database allowing users to search for European Union trade marks and registered community designs.

In November 2015, a new image recognition feature in beta was introduced to search for images with a quick and simple ‘drag-and-drop’ function. After nearly a year of successful implementation, eSearch plus now features an improved algorithm based on deep learning technology that combines visual similarity and object recognition to improve the ranking of search results using codes of the Vienna classification (international classification of the figurative elements of trade marks).

Further information is available here.